Walgreens said Tuesday it will close another five locations in San Francisco, citing the ongoing theft in the city.
“With the ongoing organized retail crime, we made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco,” a Walgreens spokesman told FOX Business in a statement. “Each store will broadcast recipes to a nearby Walgreens location within a mile radius, and we expect to move store team members to other nearby locations.”
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“Organized retail crime remains a challenge for retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to it,” the spokesman continued. “Retail theft at our San Francisco stores has continued to increase five times our chain average in the past few months. During that time, we’ve increased our chain security investments to 46 times our chain around this time Fight problem. ” average in an effort to create a safe environment. “
Stores that will close in the coming weeks are located at 2250 Ocean Ave, 4645 Mission Street, 745 Clement Street, 300 Gough Street and 3400 Cesar Chavez Street.
Walgreens has closed at least 10 of its stores in the city since early 2019, according to the San Francisco Gate.
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Over the summer, the California Retailers Association reported that San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento have some of the most highly organized retail crime in the country.
Critics blame a 2014 California referendum that downgraded property theft to a crime while it was worth $ 950 or less.
Organized retail crime is an issue in many other parts of the country as well.
Walgreens was also the victim of a Georgia father-daughter duo convicted Tuesday by federal authorities for pocketing millions of dollars after selling stolen retail products in recent years.
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The Justice Department reported that Robert Whitley and Noni Whitley operated online stores selling goods stolen by paid shoplifters from stores in Atlanta whose targets included Walgreens, CVS, Kroger and Publix.
Both Whitleys were sentenced to five or more years in federal prison and asked to pay the affected retailers more than $ 4 million in compensation.